International Women’s Day 2014: Inspiring Women’s Political Participation

Media Statement, 7 March 2014 International Women’s Day 2014: Inspiring Women’s Political Participation This year, on 8th March, Pusat Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) looks forward to the first International Women’s Day (IWD) since Malaysia’s 13th General Election (GE13) as a day to take stock of women’s political participation in the country. In October 2013, the […]

Joint Statement: Free Speech, Not Hate Speech

Free Speech, Not Hate Speech Joint Media Statement, 7 February 2014   We, the undersigned, are troubled by the inaction of the police as they have taken no apparent action against the threats to the safety of Ms Teresa Kok, the Member of Parliament for Seputeh. While we support the freedom of expression and right […]

Protect Human Rights Defenders in Malaysia

Joint Media Statement, 28 January 2014 Protect Human Rights Defenders in Malaysia We, the undersigned, are disturbed and concerned by the escalating attacks against human rights defenders in Malaysia. Only last week, as reported on 25 January 2014, Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi threatened to take action against “separatists.” He further claimed that […]

Stop Selective Persecution: Right to Freedom of Expression

Media Statement, 23 January 2013 Stop Selective Persecution: Right to Freedom of Expression  Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) is appalled to hear that an artist has been summoned for police questioning for printing and selling t-shirts condemning price hikes, during the “Turun” rally at Dataran Merdeka. The artist in question is 37-year-old Mohd Zullraidy Ahmad […]

More Attention and Action Needed on Human Rights

The Coalition of Malaysian NGOs for the UPR Process (COMANGO), Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia (JOAS) and the Bar Council through its Human Rights Committee concur with Dato’ Ho May Yong, Deputy Secretary-General, Multilateral Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and head of the government delegation to the Universal Periodic Review of Malaysia: much more attention and […]

No to pre-censorship of films and videos

No to pre-censorship of films and videos We, the  112  undersigned  civil society groups, trade unions and organisations are shocked that the Malaysian government, after the recent general election has resorted to charging human rights defender Lena Hendry on Sept 19, 2013 for being involved in the screening of a documentary ‘No Fire Zone: The […]

PROTECT OUR CHILDREN FROM RAPISTS AND PAEDOPHILES

The alleged rapist: a 40 year old restaurant manager, the victim; a 13 year old girl. According to the Star and the Sabah Daily Express on 8 May 2013, the 40-year old man was applying for the withdrawal of the rape charge before the Sessions Court in Kota Kinabalu as he is going to marry […]

Women’s Empowerment?

29 August 2013 Letter to the editor Women’s Empowerment? The Prime Minister’s recent appointment of an advisor to oversee the development of women entrepreneurs and professionals is a piece-meal action to fulfill the government’s commitments made in the Tenth Malaysia Plan.

Press Statement: Ending Child Abuse requires a strong political will

  EMPOWER PRESS STATEMENT 12 August 2013   Ending Child Abuse requires a strong political will   EMPOWER reads with interest the sudden awareness of the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development on the increase in child abuse cases in Malaysia, with 2012 registering almost 4,000 cases. The response from the Ministry also reflects […]

EMPOWER: Women’s Representation is still too low

Press Statement EMPOWER: Women’s Representation is still too low 20 May 2013 The 13th General Election was decided by 85% of 13.3 million voters; over 52% of the voters were women. Both parties courted women for their votes and nominated more women candidates. While the percentage increase of women candidates seems impressive, less than ten […]